Legislation Gone Wild: Trans Fats Edition--posted by Pete Arnold on 12/05/2006
Usually, once every day, something happens to me that I can't believe... I get out of another speeding ticket, I put down the Xbox 360 controler to actually go to work, or make it to Lifetime Fitness to work out instead of driving to McDonalds by mistake, but today, it would fit in the "Stupid Stuff Someone In Government Does" category. A category once reserved for anything John Kerry says, or the idea that Heroin should be made legal.
New York City has passed legislation that by July 2008, will
- Cheesecake (yes, famous New York cheesecake)
- butter (even the "extra light spreads")
- Ranch, French Salad dressing
- Beef (any kind, because the flavor comes from fat!)
- Any buttered Microwave popcorn
- Milk Freaking Chocolate
Nope. Think about it. The food sells because people like it. If you change (in most cases) one ingredient, you have to alter the entire recipe to account for the change of taste. Then, you have to alter how it is cooked, and change how that food is supplied to the restraints (as if one city bans something, doesn't mean everyone else is going to be so stupid) so the rest of the nation can go on eating what we want.
And lets not forget the advertising. Much like the automobile manufactures in the 80s did when many of them went to Front Wheel Drive, These food/restaurant companies are going to have to spend
And do you think it will be free for the companies to do all this? No. And who do you think Outback Steakhouse or McDonalds will pass the
Ever see the movie Demolition Man? Selvester Stalone plays John Sparten, to make a long story short, he is frozen for a while then thawed to fix what the current "administration" can't handle... a big bad ciminal. when he awakes, this conversation takes place:
John Spartan: You, get me a Marlboro.As John later figures out, salt is illegal also. New York has taken the second step in becomming a nanny state (the first was outlawing smoking in resteraunts). Sooner or later, it is only logical to outlaw Salt, because salt too, can kill... But then again, so can Water if you have too much of it. What are you going to do about Dihydrogen Monoxide, New york?
Alfredo Garcia: Yes, of course....What's a Marlboro?
John Spartan: It's a cigarette. Any cigarette.
Lt. Lenina Huxley: Smoking is not good for you.Anything not good for you is bad... Hence, illegal. Alcohol, caffeine,contact sports, meat--
John Spartan: You have got to be sh**'in me!
So, what, there is no way companies will get rid of Trans Fats unless the Government (with a capital G) steps in and makes them?The government (small g) is not needed. Wendy's introduced Zero-Trans fat oil in August, and others are working on it, including YUM Brand Inc.'s Taco Bell & KFC. Taco Bell has worked for over two years to find a way to do it, while using blind consumer taste tests and a huge amount of research.
“We conducted a tremendous amount of consumer research to make this the right choice for our customers,” said Emil J. Brolick, Taco Bell’s president.Companies will do this on their own, because the market will dictate it. People choose with their money. Its a wonderful system we have here (capatalism) and its a shame whenever Government (big G) has a chance to step in and foul it up.